In 2015, the staff and lawyers of Goldblatt Partners began raising funds to privately sponsor a Syrian refugee family. We challenged other law firms and organizations to do the same, and worked with the Law Society of Ontario to develop a system to accept donations.
Some of our fantastic clients also helped with fundraising, as did our families, friends and colleagues in the legal community, and a Calgary folk rocker.
By November 2015, we had raised enough money to start the application process. In February 2016, we were tentatively matched with a Syrian family. We filled out more forms, found an apartment, and (impatiently) waited for wheels of the immigration process to turn. In October 2016, the family we sponsored arrived safely in Toronto.
Over two years later, they are doing fantastically well. They even threw a party to thank us♥, and we have remained in close contact.